It takes a special kind of psychosis to push people into destitution, despair, sickness and suicide – and pledge to make it worse.
That is the Conservative Party’s plan for people on benefits, after the IPPR think tank revealed that social security payments are at their lowest – and therefore least adequate – since the Labour government of 1945-51 formed the Welfare State.
The IPPR report, according to The Guardian, states that:
The £73 standard weekly allowance for universal credit, the government’s flagship benefit claimed by 2.3 million people, is now equivalent to 12.5% of median earnings. By contrast, when unemployment benefit was introduced in 1948 it was worth 20%.
As a result, millions are being “excluded from mainstream society, with the basic goods and amenities needed to survive let alone thrive increasingly out of their grip”, the study by the IPPR thinktank said.
the IPPR is calling on parties to pump an emergency £8.4bn into the system, which has been made tougher than previous regimes by making debt deductions from payments, increasingly underpaying and applying strict sanctions.
A third of universal credit claimants are in work.
Remember that last point – one-third of Universal Credit claimants are in work.
And what is the Conservative Party planning to do, if returned to government on December 12?
It will make the situation worse.
The Tories plan to actively force people to move onto Universal Credit in the next Parliament, rather than waiting for them to apply.
They will force everybody changing to the new system into a five-week wait for their first payment, meaning many will be forced into serious debt before they have received a single penny.
Some may receive more money in their benefit award – but others are likely to be worse-off.
And families will be hit by the roll-out of the two-child limit on support through means-tested benefits, and the abolition of the ‘family premium’ -extra support that families get for their first child.
The two-child limit has been criticised because any woman with a third may only receive benefits for it if they can show it was the result on non-consensual sex, in accordance with the humiliating so-called ‘rape clause’ that is, in effect, a second violation of a crime victim.
The Conservatives have nothing to say about these tyrannical policies in advance of the election.
This indicates that they have no intention to lift them.
Labour would end them altogether.
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